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Bowdoin Honors Five with Employee Excellence Awards

Story posted April 15, 1999


April 15, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Five employees were selected to receive this year's Employee Excellence Award from a pool of 50 nominations for 34 employees. Those being honored are Pam Bryer, Tim Carr, Mary Jo Maguire, Lester Prue and Marjorie Walter.

Bryer was hired as a teaching fellow in 1981 and has since become director of laboratories for the Biology Department. She also works as a teacher and counselor for the Upward Bound program. Among comments in her nominations was the following: "Her time and effort she puts in for the Biology Department and the College go far beyond the normal expectation. She is dedicated to education and encouragement of students."

Carr was hired as a grounds supervisor in 1990 and has since become grounds coordinator in Facilities Management. "Tim was among those who kept campus going during last year's ice storm, working on little or no sleep for days," said one nomination of Carr's dedication.

Maguire was hired in 1984 as a secretary and receptionist in the Dean's Office. In 1985 she transferred to the Alumni Relations Office, where she has been ever since. In praising her, Director of Alumni Relations Kevin Wesley said, "In her 13 years at Bowdoin, Mary Jo has worked for eight directors and acting directors. That the office has prospered, grown and improved over that time is in no small part [due] to the woman who has been there throughout, maintaining calm in often stormy times and becoming not only the office's institutional memory, but also its heart."

Prue first came to Bowdoin in 1976 as a chef for Psi Upsilon, where he remained until he moved to Kappa Sigma in 1997. One student noted, "He is by far the most caring school employee at the College. Besides managing the kitchen at Kappa Sig, he serves as a father figure and positive influence to the students who live and dine there."

Walter was hired in 1995 as academic department coordinator for geology and environmental studies. She divides her time among the Geology Department, the Environmental Studies Program and the Coastal Studies Center. She was called "coordinator extraordinaire - always with wonderful humor in the face of any adversity, a pleasure for students to deal with as well."

These employees and those retiring from work at Bowdoin will be honored at the Retirement and Recognition Reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Morrell Lounge, Smith Union.

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